Following the launch of the iPhone 5 yesterday one of the biggest questions at the moment is, is it worth upgrading from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5?
iPhone 4S to iPhone 5: Should you upgrade?
Apple is expecting their new iPhone 5 to sell around 10 million units in just the last week of September and as many as 200 million by the end of next year. However this could all depend on whether those holding the iPhone 4S think it’s worth the upgrade. Let’s have a quick look at the specs to find out.
The iPhone 4S has a resolution of 960 x 640 and is 3.5 inches. The iPhone 5 comes with a 4-inch Retina display that Apple say lets you see more of everything and what you see is vivid and true to life. The ratio of the display has been changed to 16:9. This makes it better for watching media while apps will be letterboxed until developers can optimize them for the iPhone 5 screen size.
The iPhone 4S is 9.3mm in thickness and 140G while the iPhone 5 is just 7.6 and 112g. This means that the latest iPhone is taller, thinner and has a lighter weight than the previous model. In fact, Apple states that the iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world.
The 4S has a dual core A5 processor at 800MHZ while the iPhone 5 runs on the new A6 chip which makes it noticeably faster than the iPhone 4S, even twice as fast as the A5 chip (still dual-core). The iPhone 5 also has the latest iOS 6 preloaded but this isn’t a biggie since it will only arrive on customer doorsteps come the 21st of September. 21st also happens to be the date when iOS 6 will be made available to other iPhones like the 4S.
The iPhone 5 is available in the same storage options as its predecessor but it also supports LTE. So if you’re moving away from 3G then you will have to upgrade your device.
Camera wise the iPhone 5 is an improvement over the camera on the 4S thanks to iSight which comes with many camera app improvements such as being 40% faster when it comes to photo capture. Now there are some test shots floating around the Web comparing both devices and to be honest they look almost alike. However things may be different in low-light conditions so we will just have to wait and see.
The battery of the iPhone 5 provides around 8 hours of browsing, 8 hours of talking and up to 10 hours of playing back video. This is almost identical to the 4S.
The iPhone 5 does have many new features and while it may warrant an upgrade just to have that larger display and blazing LTE speeds. However if your contract is not up yet, we would suggest sticking with the iPhone 4S. It still has some magic left in it.